Just how predictable our lives are is scary according to new research from Microsoft. They can predict where you’ll be in 285 days at 2pm…and what does that mean for marketers and governments?
One thing that’s predictable for most people is the little rituals around food…how you shake the sugar packet before you add it to your coffee for example. And that makes a difference to how food tastes? Rituals draw us into eating our food and we savour it more according to new research. Is this the reason for grace before meals?
Optimists have happier lives apparently and they’re better at handling stress too – now there’s chemical proof of that. The stress hormone cortisol is more stable in people with positive personalities.
We know that robots can be made to look like they’re expressing human emotions. And now a step forward in how well computers can read our faces. New software tracks facial expressions and accurately assesses people who are doing on line learning.
And we’re another step closer to bionic humans with two new sensors that tell you how your body’s doing? One new skin sensor tells extreme athletes when they’re about to hit the wall. Another breath sensor can tell when you’re burning fat.